9th International Workshop on Socio-Technical Aspects in SecuriTy
September 2019, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

Affiliated with the European Symposium on Research in Computer Security (ESORICS 2019)
  • Full Paper Submission:
    June 30, 2019 July 10, 2019
    (23:59 AoE) = UTC-12
  • Notification:
    July 30, 2019 August 10, 2019
  • Camera Ready:
    August 6, 2019 August 16, 2019
  • Workshop Date:
    September 26, 2019

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Invited Speaker

Sascha Fahl (Leibniz University Hannover)

(Professor for Usable Security and Privacy at Leibniz University Hannover in Germany. Previously, he was Professor at Ruhr University Bochum, Germany, held the chair for Information Security at Leibniz University Hannover and was an independent research group leader at CISPA, Saarland University. Prof. Fahl studied Computer Science at Philipps University Marburg and received a Ph.D. in Computer Science. He worked with the Chrome Security team and was a researcher at Fraunhofer FKIE in Bonn. His research won the NSA's best Scientific Cybersecurity Paper Competition, he received a Google Faculty Research Award and is a recipient of the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prize 2018.)

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The term "socio-technical" means a reciprocal relationship between technology and people.


Successful attacks on information systems often combine social engineering practices with technical skills, exploiting technical vulnerabilities, insecure user behavior, poorly designed user interfaces, and unclear or unrealistic security policies. To improve security, technology must adapt to the users, because research in social sciences and usable security has demonstrated that insecure behavior can be justified from cognitive, emotional, and social perspectives. However, also adherence to reasonable security policies and corresponding behavioral changes should augment and support technical security.

Finding the right balance between the technical and the social security measures remains largely unexplored, which motivates the need for this workshop. Currently, different security communities (theoretical security, systems security, usable security, and security management) rarely work together. There is no established holistic research in security, and the respective communities tend to offload on each other parts of problems that they consider to be out of scope, an attitude that results in deficient or unsuitable security solutions.


The workshop intends to stimulate an exchange of ideas and experiences on how to design systems that are secure in the real world where they interact with non-expert users. It aims at bringing together experts in various areas of computer security and in social and behavioral sciences.


STAST 2019 is a one day workshop.